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4:15 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites  —  Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Is China Attacking US Search Engines?
Google Blogoscoped:
Youtube is blocked in china
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Chinese Searches Hijacked to Baidu
Discussion: Computerworld
David Feng / blognation China:
Mind Your Step: "Cyberwar" with the Search Engines?
Discussion: Joe Duck
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly  —  Microsoft just demoed on stage at the Web 2.0 conference a slick Silverlight application development service called Popfly, which just opened up in beta.  Popfly lets anyone, even non-coders, create web mashups without writing a single line of code.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Microsoft's Popfly now in public beta
Discussion: InfoWorld
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Group of Net, Media Companies To Announce Copyright Guidelines  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Internet, media and technology companies plans to announce today a set of guidelines they have agreed on aimed at protecting copyrights online, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Viacom to offer all clips of 'Daily Show' online  —  Switching gears, it will provide free views of the program in a bid to generate ad revenue.  —  NEW YORK — Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it's also taking lessons from the online video service.
Wall Street Journal:
Will Social Features Make Email Sexy Again?  —  Email providers are trying to steal some of social networking's thunder as fast-growing services like Facebook Inc. begin to encroach on their turf.  —  The biggest Web email services — including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Google Says Its Health Platform Is Due In Early 2008  —  Google plans to bring its immense data storage and organization capacities to the field of medical care and patient records, Marissa Mayer, the company's head of search, said at the Web 2.0 Summit.  —  Telling her audience to …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ballmer: MSFT will acquire 20 companies a year  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer just said at the Web 2.0 conference here in San Francisco that the software giant will acquire 20 companies a year for the next 5 year, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook flotation 'years out', says Zuckerberg
Discussion: Digital Daily and WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3 to go native in appearance  —  What do you get when you cross a Firefox with a chameleon?  —  An open-source Web browser whose user interface is adapted to the look of the operating system it's running on.  One change planned for the upcoming Firefox version 3, code-named Gran Paradiso, is this more native appearance.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon lays out upcoming smartphone lineup; Samsung i760 comes first
Daniel Rook / Agence France Presse:
Sony to sell PS3 chip lines to rival Toshiba  —  TOKYO (AFP) - Sony Corp said Thursday that it had agreed to sell its production facilities for the powerful computer chip at the heart of its struggling PlayStation 3 game console to rival Toshiba Corp.  —  The deal, reportedly worth …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates still has a long to-do list  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Bill Gates has some unfinished business.  —  For years, the Microsoft chairman has been a fiery advocate, inside the company and out, for the notion that computers should be controlled, not just by mouse and keyboard, but also by more natural means …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System  —  Moving on, next at the Web 2.0 conference, Cisco's (CSCO) Dan Scheinman, to talk about the networking giant's strategy in social networking.  (They have acquired Tribe and various other things.)
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
It's Here!  Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives  —  The latest and greatest Ubuntu arrived on Oct. 18.  —  Ubuntu users rejoice.  Ubuntu 7.10 is here.  —  Ubuntu, the remarkably popular desktop Linux distribution that tries to bring the latest and greatest open-source programs every six months, arrived Oct. 18.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Digital Download
stevenberlinjohnson.com:
APPLE OPENS UP  —  It struck me yesterday reading Steve Jobs' personal note about plans for third-party apps on the iPhone that the most telling thing about the announcement was the opening five-word phrase: … Let me just say it.  What we're starting to see here (and of course …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
On Google's Mobile Strategy  —  Chad Bam is the founder and chief writer for Ga Ga Gooogle.com, a blog that discusses Google's strategy, stock trends and the latest Google news.  Here is a summary of a three-part series titled: Google's Mobile Strategy (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
Discussion: DSLreports
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality  —  I've seen several posts circulating in the blogosphere postulating on the demise of Facebook given a drop in the sites traffic over August and September of this year.  My immediate reaction was to turn to Hitwise data and provide a little …
 
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Web is the Platform  —  The platform wars are over.  Long live the Web.
Discussion: Between the Lines
PR Newswire:
Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces New 40GB Playstation …
Discussion: last100, Reuters and Engadget
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
YouTube Opens New Chinese Language Web Site
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
U.K. retailer links poor profits to Vista sales
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Purse Snatcher Tries To Ransom Mobile Phone Back To Owner... For $185,000
Discussion: SMS Text News and Engadget
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Studios unveil their copyright protection guidelines
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macsimum News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialMedia raises $3.5M to sell ads across social networks
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's new circular LCDs: because your eyes are round
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Time to Buy a PlayStation 3?  —  It's officially official …
Discussion: Salon
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online
Discussion: Reuters and Read/WriteWeb
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Expands Data Center Space
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Photo Gallery And Flickr
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Cisco employees in Brazil arrested
Discussion: Reuters
BBC:
Mobile phone use backed on planes
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Skype Goes Mobile